In 1997, in cooperation with the Walla Walla Police Department, Walla Walla 2020 was instrumental in establishing a Walla Walla Area Block Watch Council — comprised of representatives from 12 Walla Walla neighborhoods, and open to members of all organized block watches in the Walla Walla-College Place urban area. Residents of unorganized neighborhoods were invited to attend council meetings to find out about organizing.
The purposes of the council were:
- to share strategies and experience with other neighborhoods
- to communicate neighborhood needs to public officials
- to provide resources to help neighborhoods organize
- to obtain current information from police and other agencies
- to help find ways to strengthen our neighborhoods and our community.
The council planned a series of programs focusing on a variety of topics, including neighborhood graffiti removal, cleanup of problem houses, street closures for block parties, relations with neighborhood juveniles, and other matters of interest or concern for the creation of strong, healthy neighborhoods.
Walla Walla 2020 is interested in encouraging and supporting Walla Walla area neighborhood associations to help strengthen our sense of community and mutual aid, and for greater resilience in the face of changing conditions.